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How do you make mashed potatoes

Mashed potatoes are really very easy to make. This post will tell you my favorite mashed potato recipe and give you a few hints on how to make your mashed potatoes extra special!

How do you make mashed potatoes?

Recipe: Simple, Creamy, Mashed Potatoes

Ingredients (to serve 4):

  • 1 1/2 lbs (680 grams) of potatoes. The best potatoes are either Russets or Yukon gold. Any potatoes with medium to high starch should work.
  • Salt and Pepper
  • 4 tablespoons of cream
  • 2 tablespoons of butter
  • 1 tablespoon of milk


  1. Peel the potatoes and then cut them into quarters (length-wise).
  2. Place the potatoes in a saucepan and add about half a teaspoon of salt.
  3. Cover the potatoes with water and bring the water to a boil.
  4. As soon as the water begins to boil, reduce heat to a simmer. Cover with a lid and cook for 15-20 minutes. Check to see when they are done by sticking a fork through them. If the fork goes all the way through it is properly cooked!
  5. Warm the cream and melt the butter together. You can do this in a saucepan or in the microwave (cooking times will vary- just wait until the butter has melted)
  6. Drain the water from the potatoes. Some people say to leave some of the water during the mashing but I find it works best without the water.
  7. Put the potatoes into a bowl and add the cream and butter. Use a potato masher to mash those potatoes! If you don’t have a masher you can use a fork (although this can take a bit of time!)
  8. When the potatoes are well mashed (there shouldn’t be any ‘lumps’), add milk and beat the potatoes with a spoon until the potatoes are soft and creamy. Be careful not to over-beat as the potatoes can get gluey.
  9. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Other Hints:

  • You can add some more herbs and spices. Garlic, onions and rosemary are nice additions.
  • Don’t be afraid to add some cheese or bacon bits. They can really add a lot to the dish.
  • Experiment a little! Try cooking them with the peel and see if it tastes better. Why not try sour cream? Keep modifying the recipe until you find something you really like!

Other Recipes:

Best Chicken Soup Recipe

Simple Cheesecake Recipe

Have any other hints? Let me know in comments!

Thanks to Simply Recipes for the recipe- I love it!

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